The Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has launched the Smart Futures STEM Careers Week and school competition to promote careers in the science, technology, engineering and related sectors.
“Most of our children’s career opportunities will be built around harnessing new and evolving technologies that are only now establishing themselves,” he said. “It is critically important that we give students a window into those industries and the experiences of people working in them.
“The Smart Futures STEM Careers Week does just that – using new media technologies that are second nature to teenagers and explaining how many people in Ireland are now doing some very exciting work that is having an impact on lives all over the world.”
This latest phase of the campaign will highlight medical devices in particular as a thriving sector, with support from the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), as well as existing partners like ICT Ireland and Engineers Ireland.
Sharon Higgins, Director, IMDA, said: “The current skills shortage in the industry has produced a need for graduates with science, technology, engineering and maths qualifications.
“With this in mind the IMDA is working hard to promote the Smart Futures campaign and secure the future growth of the med tech sector in Ireland through its skilled graduates.”
How to take part
The Smart Futures STEM Careers Week will run on this website from 22 to 26 October 2012. During that week a panel of professionals working in areas such as gaming, mobile app development, cybersecurity, computer forensics, medical devices and energy will engage with the public to explain the work they do and what is required to get those jobs.
Students and guidance counsellors are invited to submit questions in advance. The deadline for questions is 28 September. Answers will be published online during the STEM Careers Week.